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THE 2024 HUMANS TO MARS SUMMIT

an Explore Mars Event

May 7-8, 2024

The Jack Morton Auditorium, The George Washington University

Washington D.C.

H2M 2024 will focus on questions that include:

  • Do we have a viable mission architecture plan for Mars?
  • What are the most significant technological hurdles (or long poles) that need to be overcome before humanity steps on the surface of Mars?
  • Do we have an adequate pipeline of skilled workers to build our future in space?
  • How can governments and commercial industry collaborate to enable a human presence on Mars?
  • Can we send humans to Mars in 2033?
  • How can innovations from Mars-focused R&D drive value and improvement on Earth, and how can stakeholders contribute?
  • What are the major Mars science achievements over the past year – and what are our objectives before humans first step foot on the surface?
  • How can we most effectively protect the physical and mental health of astronauts voyaging to and from Mars?

During Humans to Mars Week, attendees can look forward to:

  1. Networking Receptions: Rub shoulders and connect with key figures in the space industry.
  2. Mars Day on the Hill (May 9, 2024): Advocate for the Martian mission at the heart of Congress.
  3. Exclusive Tours & Collaborative Initiatives: Get a firsthand behind-the-scenes look into the future of space exploration.
  4. Expert-led Workshops: Dive deep into STEM advancements, the integral role of skilled trades in space, and the latest in Martian innovation.

Agenda

May 7, 2024 | Day 1

Progress Toward Mars

7:30-8:30am ET | Registration/Coffee and Danish
8:30-8:40am ET | Welcome to Day 1 of the 2023 Humans to Mars Summit
  • J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, Inc. | CEO)
9:00-9:30am ET | Artemis 1-5 Update
  • Mike Sarafin (NASA | Artemis Mission Manager)
9:30-10:00am ET | Artemis to Mars: Key Architecture Decisions
  • Patrick Chai (NASA Langley Research Center | Aerospace Engineer)
10:00-10:20am ET | Networking Break
10:20-10:50am ET | Fireside Chat with NASA Associate Administrator, James Free
  • James Free (NASA | Associate Administrator)
10:50-11:35am ET | Major Moon to Mars Science Accomplishments and Essential Precursors
  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (The Planetary Society | Senior Communications Adviser)
  • Lori Glaze (NASA | Director, Planetary Science Division)
  • Masaki Fujimoto (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency | Deputy Director General, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS/JAXA)
  • Dr. Didier Schmitt (European Space Agency "ESA" | Strategy & Coordination Group Leader)
11:35-12:20pm ET | What are the Most Significant Long Poles for Humans to Mars?
  • Moderator: Joe Cassady (L3Harris Technologies | Director, Civil Space)
  • Kevin Duda (Draper Labs | Program Manager, Space Systems)
  • Angela Krenn (NASA | STMD Technical Integration Lead, STMD Surface Systems Principal Technologist, KSC Cryogenics Research Lead)
  • Jancy McPhee (NASA | Associate Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program)
  • Grant Anderson (Paragon SDC | CEO)
12:20-12:30pm ET | Lightning Talk Collins Aerospace, Next Generation Spacesuit: Building the spacesuit that will take humans from LEO to Mars.
  • Ryan Scirocco (Collins Aerospace | Senior Manager, Business Development)
12:30-1:00pm ET | A City on Mars: A Conversation with co-author Kelly Weinersmith
  • Facilitator: Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet | CEO ; Explore Mars, Inc. | Director of Education)
1:00-2:15pm ET | Lunch and book signing for Kelly Weinersmith - A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through?
2:15-3:05pm ET | How Can We Most Effectively Protect the Physical and Mental Health of Astronauts Voyaging to and from Mars?
  • Moderator: Erik Antonsen (Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Dr. Shawna Pandya (Physician, Aquanaut, Explorer, Director - IIAS Space Medicine Group, Space Medicine and Austere Environment Researcher)
  • Shandy McMillian (NASA | SMA Senior Advisor, Office of Safety & Mission Assurance, ESDMD)
  • Dr. Lauren Blackwell Landon (KBR, Inc. | Team Risk Discipline Scientist)
  • Jancy McPhee (NASA | Associate Chief Scientist, NASA Human Research Program)
3:05-3:15pm ET | Mars Innovation Student Challenge: Award Presentation
  • Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet | CEO ; Explore Mars, Inc. | Director of Education)
  • Hunter Stanchak (Thrive on Mars | Founder)
3:15-3:25pm ET | The Power of Inclusion: How BLINC is Cultivating Inclusive Pathways for Underrepresented Communities in Space Exploration
  • Namira Salim (Virgin Galactic | Astronaut, First Pakistani in space)
  • Mac Malkawi (Borderless Labs Inc. | Founder and President)
3:25-3:30pm ET | Lightning Talk Empowering Young Explorers: Harnessing the Power of Youth in Advancing Aerospace Innovation
  • Lucas Lowery (Student)
3:30-3:35pm ET | Lightning Talk TBD ()
3:35-3:55pm ET | Networking Break
3:55-4:20pm ET | Integration and Communication: The Results of the 10th Mars Achievability and Sustainability Workshop
  • Erik Antonsen (Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Bruce Jakosky (University of Colorado | Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics)
4:30-5:10pm ET | How Can We Maintain Bipartisan Support for Moon to Mars in a Difficult Budget Environment? (panel)
  • Moderator: Mike French (Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Pamela Whitney (US House of Representatives | Staff Director, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)
  • Brent Blevins (US House of Representatives | Subcommittee Staff Director, Committee on Science Space and Technology)
5:10-5:30pm ET | Congressional Speaker: TBD
6:30-8:00pm ET | Offsite Reception – The Distilled Spirits Council of the US on Capitol Hill, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie Tasting (separate registration)
  • Host David Blackmore (Global Brand Ambassador, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie)

May 8, 2024 | Day 2

Opportunities and Challenges

7:30-8:30am ET | Registration/Coffee and Danish
8:30-8:40am ET | Welcome to Day 1 of the 2023 Humans to Mars Summit
  • J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, Inc. | CEO)
8:40-8:50am ET | Gitika Gorthi (IgnitedThinkers | CEO and Founder ; Student)
8:50-9:40am ET | Moon2Mars – Integrating NASA and Partners
  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (The Planetary Society | Senior Communications Adviser)
  • Kurt “Spuds” Vogel (NASA, Associate Administrator, STMD)
  • Dr. Didier Schmitt (European Space Agency "ESA" | Strategy & Coordination Group Leader)
  • UAE (Speaker TBD)
  • Dr. Rebekah Davis Reed (NASA | Lead, International Integration, ESDMD)
9:40-10:10am ET | Harnessing Synthetic Biology on Mars
  • Dr. Tiffany J. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships ;Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine)
10:10-10:30am ET | Networking Break
10:30-11:20am ET | How Can Artificial Intelligence Enable Mars?
  • Moderator: TBD ( | )
  • Peggy Wu (Raytheon Technologies, Associate Director, Scientist Advancing Human Machine Cognition and AI for Earth and Space)
  • Eric Antonsen (Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Melodie Yashar (ICON | VP, Building Design & Performance)
  • Dr. Alonso Vera (NASA Ames Research Center | Senior Scientist for Distributed Collaborative Systems)
11:20-11:25am ET | Lightning Talk Adele Luta (Explore Titan)
11:25-11:30am ET | Lightning Talk TBD ()
11:30-12:15pm ET | How Can Innovations From Mars-Focused R&D Drive Value and Improvement on Earth, and How Can Stakeholders Contribute?
  • Moderator: Dr. Tiffany j. Vora (Explore Mars, Inc. | VP, Innovation Partnerships ; Singularity University | Faculty & Vice Chair, Digital Biology & Medicine)
  • Jenn Gustetic (NASA | Director, Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships, STMD)
  • Garuth Acharya (8090 Industries | Principal, Tech Investor)
  • Hunter Stanchak (Thrive on Mars | Founder)
  • Phnam Bagley (Nonfiction, LLC | Partner & Creative Director)
12:15-12:35pm ET | A Single Launch Mars Sample Return Mission to Reduce Complexity
  • Dr. James Green (NASA | Chief Scientist, Retired)
12:35-12:45pm ET | Lightning Talk Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission Mitchell Rosen (Advanced Space | Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Engineer)
12:45-2:00pm ET | Lunch and book signing with author Chris Carberry The Music of Space
2:00-2:50pm ET | Mars Transit Vehicle
  • Moderator: Tim Cichan (Lockheed Martin | Space Exploration Architect)
  • Laura Burke (NASA Glenn Research Center | Aerospace Engineer, Trajectory and Mission Analyst)
  • Hoppy Price (NASA JPL at CALTECH | NASA's robotic Mars Exploration Program, Chief Engineer)
  • Seamus Tuohy (MDA | Sr. Director, Business Development, Robotics & Space Ops)
  • Darren Samplatsky (Collins Aerospace | Associate Director, Business Development)
2:50-3:00pm ET | Lightning Talk Scarlet Hartzman (Student)
3:00-3:45pm ET | Future Proofing Careers on Earth & Mars: Skilled Tradespeople in the Space Industry
  • Moderator: J.R. Edwards (Explore Mars, Inc. | President)
  • Kristin Houston (L3Harris Technologies | President, Space Propulsion & Power Systems)
  • Karin Hoffman (Key Innovative Solutions | Founder and CEO)
3:45-4:00pm ET | Networking Break
4:00-4:55pm ET | When Will China Send Humans to the Moon and Mars?
  • Moderator: Kara Cunzeman (Aerospace Corporation | Senior Project Leader Center for Space Policy & Strategy)
  • Dean Cheng (United States Institute of Peace (usip.org) | Senior Advisor, China Program)
  • Dr. Kevin Pollpeter (Center for Naval Analysis | Senior Research Scientist)
  • Kristin Burke (China Aerospace Studies Institute | Senior Space and Counterspace Researcher)
  • Dr. Scott Pace (The George Washington University | Space Policy Institute, Director)
4:55-5:30pm ET | When Will Humans be on Mars? (panel)
  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Aerospace Corporation | Senior Project Leader Center for Space Policy & Strategy)
5:45-7:30pm ET | Closing Reception – 2nd Floor – Jack Morton Auditorium (separate registration)

May 9, 2024 | Networking Session

8:30-1030am ET | Lindner Commons, Elliott School of International Affairs Building, The George Washington University
Coffee & Brainstorming Session on Mars Exploration: Sip and Strategize, Opportunities and Challenges
Registration Now Open

May 9, 2024 | Mars Day on the Hill

Registration Now Open

SPEAKERS

Garuth Acharya

8090 Industries
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Grant Anderson

Paragon SDC
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Erik Antonsen

Baylor College of Medicine
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Phnam Bagley

Nonfiction, LLC
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David Blackmore

Baylor College of Medicine
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Brent Blevins

US House of Representatives
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Laura Burke

NASA Glenn Research Center
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Kristin Burke

China Aerospace Studies Institute
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Chris Carberry

Explore Mars, Inc.
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Joe Cassady

L3Harris Technologies
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Patrick R. Chai

NASA
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Dean Cheng

United States Institute of Peace
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Tim Cichan

Lockheed Martin Co.
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Kara C. Cunzeman

Aerospace Corporation
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Kevin Duda

Draper Labs
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J.R. Edwards

AEROSPACE
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Mary Engola

L3Harris Technologies
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James Free

NASA HQ
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Mike French

AIA
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Masaki Fujimoto

JAXA
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Lori Glaze

NASA
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Gitika Gorthi

Ignited Thinkers
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Jim Green

NASA (Retired)
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Jenn Gustetic

NASA HQ
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Scarlett Hartzman

Student
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Karin Hoffman

Key Innovative Solutions
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Kristin Houston

L3Harris Technologies
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Janet Ivey

Janet’s Planet
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Bruce Jakosky

University of Colorado
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Mat Kaplan

The Planetary Society
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Angela Krenn

NASA
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Lauren Landon

KBR, Inc.
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Lucas Lowery

Future Aerospace Engineer
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Adele Luta

Explore Titan
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Mac Malkawi

Borderless Labs Inc.
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Shandy McMillian

NASA HQ
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Jancy McPhee

NASA JSC
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Scott Pace

Space Policy Institute, GWU
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Shawna Pandya

IIAS Space Medicine Group
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Kevin Pollpeter

Center for Naval Analysis
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Hoppy Price

NASA JPL at CalTech
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Rebekah Davis Reed

NASA
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Mitchell Rosen

Advanced Space
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Michelle Rucker

NASA
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Namira Salim

Virgin Galactic, Astronaut
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Darren Samplatsky

Collins Aerospace
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Mike Sarafin

NASA
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Didier Schmitt

ESA
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Ryan Scirocco

Collins Aerospace
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Hunter Stanchak

Thrive on Mars
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Seamus T. Tuohy

MDA
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Dr. Alonso Vera

NASA Ames
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Kurt (Spuds) Vogel

NASA HQ
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Dr. Tiffany Vora

Singularity University
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Kelly Weinersmith

Author | A City on Mars
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Pamela Whitney

US House of Representatives
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Peggy Wu

Raytheon Technologies
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Melodie Yashar

ICON
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